Monday Mystery Photograph – Last week Tasmania

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I do encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph is located, or what it is.

Where is the world is this?

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If you guess the location of the above photograph correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.


Last week, Tara, Drake, TidiousTed and Mosy and Millie Thom correctly revealed the MMP was in Port Arthur,  Australia, on the island of Tasmania, at a location infamous for its violent criminal offenders and harsh treatment of inmates, in the early days of penal (convict) settlement, in Australia.

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Convict prisoners, at this seemingly idyllic spot, spent their time doing hard labour in complete silence. The only time they were permitted to speak was in Church on Sundays when they could sing along with the hymns, whilst positioned in high panelled wooden boxes, which prevented them making eye contact or engaging in any dialogue with other prisoners. A hell on earth, surely….

In modern times, Port Arthur has also been associated with violence and a great tragedy. In 1996, a lone gunmen killed 35 people, including children, in cold blood, and injured at least 20 more, using a high powered assault rifle.  In less than a minute, he had killed 15 people in the cafe located on this site. A senseless waste of human life, and untold life-long misery for the families left behind. The gunman, who was judged not to be criminally insane, had the capacity to shoot, kill and maim without warning or provocation. He later stated he deliberately chose Port Arthur for his killing sprees, particularly because of its history as a prison for violent offenders in penal times.

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre in Tasmania. The photo above dates from a time close to the event. As a result of the massacre, Australia introduced severe restrictions on firearms, and despite Tasmania’s attempt to refuse to comply, Australia now has in place stringent laws governing purchase, ownership and storage of firearms. There have been no further massacres in Australia,since these laws have been introduced.

Monday Mystery

Something sobering to Ponder About




About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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20 Responses to Monday Mystery Photograph – Last week Tasmania

  1. Nice photo 🙂

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  2. Sobering and sombre indeed. That door is beautiful though. Iran?

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  3. ledrakenoir says:

    With a smile we could call a door into the northwestern India… 🙂

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  4. A beauty of a door. Can one imagine a front entrance to our own house/ What would the neighbours think? I think the door could be in Turkey’s Istanbul.

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  5. I think this is in City Palace, Jaipur or Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Not 100 % sure though!

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  6. TidiousTed says:

    I would guess somewhere in the north or central India as well.I dont think it is a picture of a Muslim place of prayers as they don’t allow picturing things, only geometrical patterns. I’ve seen similar doors in India, but are unable to pinpoint the actual building.


    • Great answer Ted. It sounds like you know quite a lot about that area of the world. The architectural pattern work in the building is very special, don’t you think? I have noted your answer and will reveal the answer next Monday.


  7. Tara says:

    What a beautiful door! I don’t know where it is but I’d like to go and visit it.

    I hope you’re ok.

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